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The Tax of Uncertainty Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The uncertainty tax

President Trump's tariff turmoil, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's bungled Brexit negotiations, French President Emmanuel Macron's tax fiasco, etc. are all causing a slowdown in productive global investment and economic growth. The recent decline in the stock markets can be largely attributed to policy uncertainty. Mr. Trump is not to blame for the European mess, but his erratic trade actions and other unpredictable comments have contributed to the drop. He was on solid ground when he took much of the credit for the stock market rise, but now he needs to take some of the blame for the fall.

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.  "I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected," Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said in a statement issued Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

And now the Boy Scouts

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of assimilation and political divisions that grow wider by the day.

Talent, ego and destructive behavior

Losers can co-author history if their story is compelling enough. While the Portland Trail Blazers of the late 1990s and early 2000s never became NBA royalty, they were hall-of-fame drama queens with a combustible mix of talent, ego and destructive behavior that lit up the court.

Ouija Christmas Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Having a merry pagan Christmas

Ross Douthat, a columnist for The New York Times, says the culture war in America may not be so much about secularism or atheism replacing Christianity but the rise of an old Christian foe — paganism.

Illustration on the dangers of compromising religious liberties by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Compromising religious freedom

This past week, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), two of the nation's foremost evangelical organizations, publicly announced they now support adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as officially protected minority classifications to the ranks of federal nondiscrimination law.

Gun Magnet Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The risks of a gun-free Capitol

Letting legislators bring guns onto the U.S. Capitol grounds or into their offices hasn't been a problem for 242 years. But Democrats are now promising to end that practice when they retake control of the House of Representatives next month.

Revisiting D-Day, without niceties

Extraordinary and excruciating, "Landing on the Edge of Eternity" might be the hardcover version of "Saving Private Ryan"'s torturous opening minutes. Or a nonfiction reprise of Irwin Shaw's "The Young Lions," which humanized soldiers on both sides of World War II.

Signs outside a polling place support different opinions on an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The amendment would expand the power of legislators to pass more abortion regulations. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee doing pro-life right

- The Washington Times

The worst abortions opponents, the ones who give pro-lifers a bad name, are the ones who stand safely away from the pregnant woman, shouting righteously and defiantly of the need to protect the unborn and preserve the sanctity and save the innocence and so forth -- then go home and pat themselves on the back for jobs well done.

Theresa May

The lady at bay in Old Blighty

- The Washington Times

Theresa May, who has mismanaged Britain's exit from the European Union, won her vote of confidence in the House of Commons this week, and now she's in the hard place the country preacher found himself after winning a vote of confidence to unify his congregation, soothe hurt feelings and make peace with his deacons.

Illustration on U.S. energy production by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American energy strategic advantage

From the Bakken's booming oil fields to the high-yielding Marcellus shale formation in the Midwest, the United States continues to produce record outputs of oil and natural gas.

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